Wed 8:00AM ET, Wed 8:00PM ET
May 12On May 12, “Through the Decades” remembers the opening of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago in 1930 – the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. We also take a look back on the day Maxie Anderson and his son successfully completed the first nonstop Trans-American balloon flight in 1980 – though they had to adjust their landing plans. And on the day of his birth, we profile actor and director Emilio Estevez.
Thu 8:00AM ET, Thu 8:00PM ET
May 13On May 13, “Through the Decades” remembers the day Pope John Paul the II became the target of an assassination attempt in 1981. We also take a look back on the day Winnie Mandela – wife of Nelson Mandela – was convicted of kidnapping in 1991. And on the day of his birth, we profile music legend Stevie Wonder.
Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 8:00PM ET
May 14On May 14, “Through the Decades” goes back in time to relive the moment “Seinfeld” finished its run on television with a series finale in 1998. We also take a look back on the day Jose Padilla – a ranking member of Chicago’s “Latin Kings” street gang – was put on trial for allegedly being an Al-Qaeda operative, and on the day of his birth, we profile filmmaker George Lucas.
Sat 8:00AM ET
The MafiaThrough the Decades explores the world of organized crime including the stories of notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, New York mob boss Paul Castellano, and Chicago's Al Capone. We also celebrate some of the greatest mob movies on the screen including “The Godfather”, “Goodfellas”, and “The Sopranos.”
Mon 8:00AM ET, Mon 8:00PM ET
May 17On May 17, “Through the Decades” remembers Brown vs. The Board of Education – a case that changed history, ruling that segregated schools were unconstitutional in 1954. We also take a look back on the day “Beverly Hills, 90210” aired its final episode in 2000, and we profile Pulitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel.
Tue 8:00AM ET, Tue 8:00PM ET
May 18On May 18, “Through the Decades” remembers the day Mount St. Helens erupted in Southwest Washington in 1980. We also sit down with Ian Anderson from the band Jethro Tull to reflect on how the stories of the day impacted the sounds of the time, and on the day of his birth, we profile baseball star Reggie Jackson.
Wed 8:00AM ET, Wed 8:00PM ET
May 19On May 19, “Through the Decades” recalls the day Marilyn Monroe wished President John F. Kennedy “Happy Birthday” in an iconic moment in 1962. We also take a look back on the day the Ringling Brothers Circus began in 1884, and on the day of his birth, we profile civil rights leader Malcolm X.
Bill Kurtis is an author, producer, and award-winning journalist. Bill got his start in television working for WIBW in Topeka, KS. His work with CBS News ranged from covering the fall of Saigon to anchoring "The CBS Morning News." His documentary work includes the Peabody Award-winning PBS series The New Explorers, as well Investigative Reports and Cold Case Files for A&E Network and American Greed on CNBC.
Using his journalistic skills and his background as a law school graduate, Bill authored The Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice, which explores issues surrounding capital punishment in America. He also provided the satirical narration for the feature film comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. He also is the judge and scorekeeper for NPR’s weekly game show Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me.
Kerry Sayers has spent more than twenty years in the media industry, working in radio and television. For much of that time, Sayers has been at the epicenter of Chicago sports. She has hosted shows for Comcast and covered football for Fox. Sayers began her career at WILX in Lansing, MI and has since worked across the country from Buffalo to the Pacific Northwest.
Kerry graduated from the University of Michigan and lives in Chicago with her husband, their daughter and just welcomed their second child, a son, in September.
Ellee Pai Hong
Ellee Pai Hong is a veteran journalist, having spent a career covering news and teaching journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Ellee started her career in broadcast news as a general assignment reporter at the CBS affiliate in Rockford, IL. She made the jump to Decatur, IL then Hartford, CT before landing as anchor for NBC in Chicago.
Ellee moved to the United States from Korea as a child and holds a bachelor’s degree from Ewha Womans University in Seoul and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She lives in Chicago with her husband John and their two children.